Player News - Sharks

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James Sheppard (knee) isn't expected to be on the sidelines for long.

The Sharks wouldn't provide a more specific timetable though, so it's not clear if Sheppard is in serious danger of missing the start of the regular season. For now, he's skating on his own and is strengthening his leg muscles in preparation for doing more intensive drills.
Sep 19 - 11:10 AM

Although Joe Thornton lost the captaincy, he still might regain it.

While that scenario seems unlikely, Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn't rule it out. McLellan said that he'll award the 'C' based on what he sees during training camp. For his part, Thornton said he'll back whoever gets the job.
Sep 18 - 10:34 AM

Justin Braun's five-year contract is worth $19 million.

He set career highs with four goals, 13 assists, 17 points and 146 blocked shots in 82 games last season. Braun averaged 20:59 of ice time per game and saw plenty of time on San Jose's shutdown tandem alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Sep 17 - 3:57 PM

Justin Braun has reached a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said GM Doug Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons." His new deal won't go into effect until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. In 82 games last year, Braun registered 17 points, 121 shots and a plus-19 rating.
Sep 17 - 2:19 PM

Marc-Edouard Vlasic might get a chance to play more with the man advantage in 2014-15.

Vlasic averaged just 42 seconds per game worth of power-play ice time last season. He's emerged as one of the league's top defensemen, but that hasn't translated to standard fantasy leagues because he hasn't stood out offensively. If he starts playing a bigger role with the man advantage than that might change.
Sep 17 - 8:49 AM

There's a feeling around Sharks training camp that enforcer John Scott may make an impact with his new team this season.

General manager Doug Wilson brought in the 6'8" behemoth to serve as the team's unofficial security guard and has been comparing his arrival to that of Scott Parker to the 2003-04 season, one in which the team reached the Western Conference Finals. Counting on enforcers in rotisserie leagues is always a tricky endeavor since their ice time is not guaranteed, but Scott can certainly rack up time in the sin bin when he's active.
Sep 16 - 8:18 PM

Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau admits the feeling in training camp is unlike any other that he can remember.

It was a summer of upheaval in San Jose as management made a concerted effort to disrupt what had been a feeling of complacency among the team's veterans. "It definitely has a different feel to it," Marleau said. "I think there's a lot of unanswered questions. We don't know what's going to take place here, what's going to happen here. Before, it seemed like everything was pretty much set." While his teammate Joe Thornton is the player most talked about during the offseason, it will be interesting to see how the 35-year-old Marleau responds to a new challenge.
Sep 16 - 8:13 PM

James Sheppard is projected to start training camp on the sidelines after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

Sheppard will undergo a physical examination on Thursday, so the Sharks will learn more about his status at that time. He inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with San Jose over the summer.
Sep 16 - 10:49 AM

Tye McGinn may be able to earn a roster spot with the San Jose Sharks out of training camp.

The Sharks need someone to replace injured winger Raffi Torres and McGinn could fit the bill. He's played 36 games with the Philadelphia Flyers over the past two seasons and was acquired for a third-round pick back in July. Chris Tierney, Freddie Hamilton, Nikolay Goldobin and Daniil Tarasov may be candidates for the position as well. The competition will be settled at training camp.
Sep 15 - 5:24 PM

Alex Stalock could be in a battle for the number one netminding job in San Jose.

The starting goalie for the most part last season was Antti Niemi but the Sharks used him in Game 6 of the opening round after benching Niemi against the Kings. Niemi has not inked a new deal and could leave the Sharks after this season as a UFA. Not that this is the only reason for Stalock having a shot as the starter as he was 12-5-2 during the regular season with a sparkling 1.87 GAA and a just as sparkling .932 save percentage. If you take Niemi in your fantasy pool, be sure and handcuff him with Stalock.
Sep 14 - 9:57 AM

James Sheppard's role with the San Jose Sharks is up in the air heading into training camp.

Sheppard played well at center after the Olympic break but struggled on the wing before that. The Sharks may want to move Joe Pavelski to the third line spot and if so, Sheppard will be back on the wing or battling Andrew Desjardins for the fourth line center's job. No matter where he plays, his fantasy value is negligible.
Sep 13 - 9:50 AM

Mirco Mueller is going into training camp 10-to-12 pounds heavier than he was at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

Mueller is now listed as 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He's hoping that he'll be able to make the Sharks' opening game roster after bulking up over the summer and he's not a bad bet to do just that.
Sep 12 - 5:05 PM

Daniil Tarasov is viewed as a dark horse candidate for a roster spot with San Jose by CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz.

The 23-year-old winger recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 47 games with Worcester of the AHL last season. He was also impressive last year during early scrimmages. There's an opening on the Sharks because of Raffi Torres' troublesome knee.
Sep 8 - 6:28 PM

Raffi Torres is slated to undergo surgery on his knee later this month.

He suffered multiple infections in his repaired knee after the 2014 playoffs, but hasn't gone under the knife yet. Torres is expected to miss half of the 2014-15 regular season after he played in just five games last year and seven during the playoffs.
Sep 8 - 6:02 PM

Patrick Marleau has scored 199 goals over his last six seasons.

That is fourth best in the NHL as only Steve Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and Corey Perry have found the back of the net more often than the veteran Shark. Marleau has the age factor working against him as he will turn 35 in eight days but another 30-plus goal season is still within his grasp. Draft Marleau in the middle rounds of multiple category pools as he will pick up points, especially on the power play but his lack of peripheral stats hurts his value.
Sep 7 - 7:31 AM


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